Greetings from your UT Health Science Center Office of Alumni and Annual Giving!

Things are changing here, and I want you to be a part of the change. By receipt of this inaugural "Vital Signs," you are seeing one of the changes. This quarterly newsletter will inform you about all that is happening at your alma mater.

Did you know 2011 marked the Centennial anniversary of UTHSC? As we build on the momentum of our first 100 years, it is even more important for YOU to get involved. My hope is that, as you think about your career and where you are, you will be able to tell us, Where Would You Be Without UTHSC? Tell us your UTHSC story.

You should also know that your alumni office has a new website at Wondering when your next class reunion is? Bookmark our events page to stay up to date on our many alumni events. Discover the benefits of being part of the UT family.

UTHSC has seen tremendous growth recently. Dr. Steve Schwab is leading our campus and attracting world-renowned deans to lead our six colleges, which have a local, regional and national impact.

If you have not been to Memphis, you are missing a Renaissance. Several buildings on the UTHSC campus now have an orange "UT" branded across the top that can be seen from aerial views.
Construction is ongoing — have you seen the $60 million College of Pharmacy building? More is on the way!

Without YOU making us your professional school choice, we would not be where we are today!

Contact me if you have questions, suggestions for Vital Signs, or just want to find out how you can be involved.

Kris Phillips
Associate Vice Chancellor for
Alumni Affairs and Annual Giving


Graduate Health
Sciences News

Professor receives $126,000 grant
Harry S. Courtney (PhD '85) has received a grant totaling $126,000 from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. The award will fund research on streptococcal infections.

Alumni help conduct workshop
On March 30, more than 50 students from the College of Graduate Health Sciences attended a workshop to learn how to create curriculum vitaes.

Further your education
The College of Graduate Health Sciences offers graduate instruction leading to the Doctor of Philosophy, Master of Science, and Master of Dental Science degrees in the programs of: Biomedical Engineering and Imaging; Dental Science; Epidemiology; Health Outcomes and Policy Research; Integrated Program in Biomedical Sciences; Nursing; Pharmaceutical Sciences; Pharmacology; Speech; and Hearing Science. Visit to learn more.

Campus News

Farmer Named Vice Chancellor
Randy L. Farmer, EdD, has been named vice chancellor for Development and Alumni Affairs at UTHSC. Dr. Farmer will report directly to the chancellor and supervise a 19-person team. Formerly the vice president for Development at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dr. Farmer's appointment becomes effective in June.

UTHSC Welcomes Jesse Jackson
Civil rights leader Jesse Jackson, who was in Memphis to commemorate the 44th anniversary of the death of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., met with African-American students from UTHSC's colleges.

Gov. Haslam Meets with Students
Before a meeting of UT's board in February, Gov. Bill Haslam met with student representatives. The students shared the path that brought them to UTHSC and the value of their educational experiences.

College News

  College of Nursing names new dean
UTHSC Chancellor Steve J. Schwab, MD, has announced the appointment of Laura A. Talbot, PhD, EdD, RN, GCNS-BC, as the next dean for the UTHSC College of Nursing.

UT Knoxville's College of Nursing, AARP enter partnership
UT Knoxville's College of Nursing and AARP Tennessee have been selected as the Tennessee Action Coalition and will work to improve health care in Tennessee.

  Medicine in May 5K
The inaugural Medicine in May 5k and race expo will take place 8:30 a.m. Saturday, May 19, around the UTHSC campus. Proceeds will benefit The College of Medicine. Register now >>

UT Center for Advanced Medical Simulation opens to the community

The UT Graduate School of Medicine recently held a grand opening event in its new medical simulation center, a state-of-the-art, 6,500-square-foot facility.

  College of Pharmacy honoring Dr. Jim Eoff
Alumni and friends have an exciting opportunity to assist the College of Pharmacy to recognize Dr. James C. Eoff III who has given so tirelessly to the college for more than 40 years.

Pharmacy alum receives top honor
Dr. William Evans (PharmD '75), head of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, received the Remington Honor Medal from the American Pharmacists Association.

  Did you Know?
University Therapists is an outpatient rehabilitation clinic operated by the Department of Physical Therapy. The clinic provides physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech/language pathology services to referred patients. Click here to learn more.

40th anniversary Celebration of the Pediatric Language Clinic
The Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology is hosting a celebration of the Pediatric Language Clinic and Tribute to Dr. Sol Adler on Sept. 7 in Knoxville, Tenn. For details or to RSVP, contact Vickie Barnes at

  Heros Named College of Dentistry Outstanding Alumni
Longtime Memphian Fred C. Heros, (DDS '75), was selected as the 2012 University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Dentistry Outstanding Alumnus.

College of Dentistry, Allied Health Sciences partner for 'Give Kids a Smile Day'
As part of the American Dental Association's annual "Give Kids a Smile Day" more than 100 sixth- and seventh-graders received free oral care.

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